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Old 04-09-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Whenever I turn on my computer it always makes this loud noise. It sounds like it's coming from the power supply. Could that be possible? But if I don't turn the computer for a day or two, it seems to quiet down for a while then after a few hours the noise starts to build up again. Besides my place has lots of dust too, could that also be the problem? I cleaned it a few times before but if kept accumulating more and more dust inside the computer. Any ideas how to get rid of the dusts and the noises?

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Old 04-09-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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It could be the power supply like u said, or the rear fan (if u have one), or the cpu fan, hard drive, gpu fan (if u have one) haha theres alot of things that spin in the computer, you best bet is to lean in there and see where the noise is coming from. If you figured out its a fan, grab a can of compressed air and step outside with it and fire away, you'll be suprised how much crap will come out of it
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It could be the power supply like u said, or the rear fan (if u have one), or the cpu fan, hard drive, gpu fan (if u have one) haha theres alot of things that spin in the computer, you best bet is to lean in there and see where the noise is coming from. If you figured out its a fan, grab a can of compressed air and step outside with it and fire away, you'll be suprised how much crap will come out of it
Thanks for the reply shagadelicman. I'll try that and see if it work.
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:22 PM   #4
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Do you have a lot of games that ore over 1G? Any games downloaded from the internet?
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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Do you have a lot of games that ore over 1G? Any games downloaded from the internet?
I don't play games and I don't have any games.
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:29 PM   #6
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Jeeze what programs do you run? A lot or a little?
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Jeeze what programs do you run? A lot or a little?
I thought you'd never ask. Well, I'm glad you did. I use Pro Tool 7.0 with lots of plug-ins ranging from 10-60 (depends).
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:23 PM   #8
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Oh so that probably isn't the cause.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:11 PM   #9
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This is a stupid answer but I remember one time a loud noise came from my case and it turned out to be one of my cable ties kept falling into the fan. So I cut the excess off and it was fixed. Also depending on how old the computer is, I remember the old heatsink fans used to fail alot and make a loud whine. I had to go and buy another fan and it worked again.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:18 PM   #10
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There is no suck thing as a stupid question or answer. At least here. I think.
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There is no such thing as a stupid question. There is such a thing as a stupid answer.
@ OTSS, that wasn't a stupid answer at all, it's a definite possibility.
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Unhook all ur fans one at a time and if the noise goes away its probly the bearings in a fan, if not probly the PSU.
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Excuse me for getting back on this thread a little late. I didn't really have a chance to figure out what was wrong and try out some of the suggestions that you guys here suggested due to my busy schedule.

Well, I just checked and when I power up my computer the little ASUS fan on the motherboard seems to spin at inconsistant speed very very slowly. That was the problem which was making all that loud noises. Now the noise had stop; but another problem has arised: that fan stopped spinning. Ummm??? Now what? How important is that fan anyways? It seems to work fine anyways without it spinning. But I'm just curious because it's meant to be spin. Is it there to cool down something? What is it's purposes? Is it time for a new fan upgrade?

I would appreciate anyone getting back on this. Thanks.
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It sounds like your chipset fan, what board do you have?
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It sounds like your chipset fan, what board do you have?
I have the A8N-SLI DELUXE. What does a chipset fan do? Will it affect the board or anything if it stops spinning?

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That little fan helps to keep the north bridge chip nice and cool. It's not a good thing that it stopped, but it's not the end of the world either. As long as you have decent airflow through the case and you're not overclocking, it should be OK. But it would be a good idea to either replace it or try giving it a little tune up. In some cases, you can remove the fan and give it a drop of oil to get it going again. There should be a small hole under the sticker on the fan.

Zalman makes a nice little replacement heatsink that works really well: ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsink
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That little fan helps to keep the north bridge chip nice and cool. It's not a good thing that it stopped, but it's not the end of the world either. As long as you have decent airflow through the case and you're not overclocking, it should be OK. But it would be a good idea to either replace it or try giving it a little tune up. In some cases, you can remove the fan and give it a drop of oil to get it going again. There should be a small hole under the sticker on the fan.

Zalman makes a nice little replacement heatsink that works really well: ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsink
Thanks for the link Atomic Rooster; just when I was going to ask for getting one. BTW, what is overclocking? I hear it all the time on CPUs but never really know or understand what it is or what it does. Is there such thing as the south bridge. What is the north bridge and how do you know if it's north or south?

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Overclocking is making the components of your computer such as CPU and video cards, run faster than what they were designed for.

The northbridge chip typically handles communications between the CPU, RAM, AGP or PCI Express, and the southbridge. The southbridge handles things like the IDE (SATA or PATA) controller, USB, ethernet, audio, etc.

Here's a diagram that may help out:

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Overclocking is making the components of your computer such as CPU and video cards, run faster than what they were designed for.

The northbridge chip typically handles communications between the CPU, RAM, AGP or PCI Express, and the southbridge. The southbridge handles things like the IDE (SATA or PATA) controller, USB, ethernet, audio, etc.

Here's a diagram that may help out:

Thanks Atomic Rooster. That's a nice diagram. I want to learn more about OC. Can you show me the steps involved in overclocking? What do I need to configure in the BIOS and the CPU or whatever there is that I need to do? Is the process reversible if you happen not to like it?

Anyone's advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.
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OC'ing is a bit of an art. And something you just don't do. Prepare your system for an OC first. That means making sure the chip fan is replaced with a working unit.

Your Mobo is pretty much the same as mine. And depending on your CPU - OC'ing involves the HT speed, RAM divider, FSB and maybe OV'ing to make an OC stable. This is just touching on the OC'ing topic and before I did my first OC I researched the topic for a month during which time I prep'd my set up for OC'ing.

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